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COVID-19 Information Parent and Student Resources, Meal Services, and Distance Learning Information

Dear High Tech High Families,

In a previous email we outlined HTH's plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th.   We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.

When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning.  We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.

We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward.  We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th - May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.

More information can be found at hightechhigh.org/covid19


Estimadas HTH familias,

En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.

Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.

Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.

Se puede encontrar más información en hightechhigh.org/covid-19-spanish/

Student Projects


Author: Lillian Hsu

Subject: HTH Structures

Project Details

#2 of 6 HTH Structures

Critique is a key structure used at HTH to help students create beautiful work. Inspired by Ron Berger’s book, An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students, many teachers at HTH encourage students to give each other specific, helpful, and kind feedback as they refine their work. Students conduct critiques on drafts of writing, early iterations of science projects, preliminary sketches, project proposals, and more. Some HTH teachers also use critique as a way of helping students articulate standards of quality for their work. Together, the class uses critique to generate a common rubric for their final products.


Critique of Sketches

Duration: 04:38
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities) teaches her students to use the critique process as a way of refining their sketches.



Ron Berger Critique

Duration: 04:14
Tom Fehrenbacher (11th Grade Humanities) uses positive, helpful, and specific critique as a way of helping students develop standards of quality for their final products.



Gallery Critique Instructions

Duration: 04:04
Part 1: Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish) explains the instructions for a Gallery Critique.



Gallery Critique Sentence Starters

Duration: 03:09
Part 2: Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish) models sentence starters for a Gallery Critique.



Gallery Critique in Action

Duration: 04:01
Part 3 of a Gallery Critique: Marisol Franco’s 9th/10th Grade Spanish students conduct a Gallery Critique. At the end of the video, students debrief the gallery critique process.



Critique Instruction

Duration: 02:47
Tara Giannini (10th Grade Art) models the specific, descriptive language she wants her students to use during a critique session.



Warm and Cool Feedback

Duration: 02:07
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities) prepares her students for critique by eliciting definitions and examples of warm and cool feedback.



Tuning Protocol Instructions

Duration: 04:29
Part 1: Jenny Morris (11th Grade Biology) explains the tuning protocol students will use to give and receive feedback on their project proposals.



Tuning Protocol in Action

Duration: 04:11
Part 2: Students of Jenny Morris (11th Grade Biology) and John Bosselman (11th Grade Humanities) use a tuning protocol to give each other feedback on their project proposals.



Gallery Critique

Duration: 04:28
Ted Cuevas’s 9th Grade Physics/Math students use a gallery critique to give each other feedback on their light box creations. At the end, students debrief the process.



Gallery Critique for Essays

Duration: 04:43
Mark Aguirre’s 9th Grade Humanities students do a Gallery Critique to give several rounds of feedback on another class period’s art history essays.



Class-Created Rubric

Duration: 05:11
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities) facilitates small group and whole class discussions that lead to the creation of a rubric for the students’ storyboards.




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Sample Critique Form
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities): A critique form with model sentence starters for offering warm and cool feedback

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Gallery Critique Form
Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish): Feedback form for a gallery critique

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Completed Gallery Critique Form
Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish): A completed feedback form from a gallery critique

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Completed Critique Form
Tara Giannini (10th Grade Art): A completed feedback form from a gallery critique

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Critique form
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities): Critique sheet for offering kind, specific, and helpful feedback





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Powerpoint with Critique Instructions
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities): Instructions for a Class Critique Session

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Ron Berger Butterfly Slides
Slides showing the refinement of a drawing through critique

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Project Tuning Protocol
Norms and step-by-step instructions for a project tuning session

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Proposal tuning protocol
Jenny Morris (11th Grade Biology) and John Bosselman (11th Grade Humanities): Tuning protocol for initial drafts of a project proposal